E-tender system to take off soon

  • Business
  • Thursday, 21 Apr 2011

KUALA LUMPUR: Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) is making preparations to implement National e-Tendering Initiative (NeTI) that will be the platform to process online job tenders under the Works Ministry.

The NeTI project will enable the automisation of all tender procurement processes right from advertising stage to assessment.

It has gone through five phases of fine tuning, and from 2003 till now has seen an expenditure of RM25mil.

CIDB e.Construct Services Sdn Bhd operations chief Ghazali Rahmat said with NeTI, there would be a reduction in the cost of government tender preparations and the cost of tender bids.

“Total savings in government job tender processess through this system could come up to RM200mil from an average of 5,000 government tenders a year compared with the conventional tender methods,” Ghazali said at a ceremony to mark the start of NeTI customer service centre's operations here yesterday.

Works Ministry deputy chief secretary (development) Datuk Nasir Mat Dam, CIDB chairman Datuk Hamzah Hassan and CIDB e.Construct Services chairman Elias Ismail officiated the event.

Ghazali said the centre showed CIDB's commitment to implement NeTI. “We plan to open 13 more NeTI operation counters at CIDB offices in each state to help smoothen the application of the system.”

For now, NeTI will be used by Class A or Grade 7 contractors for government projects worth RM10mil and above. This is to allow contractors of other classes to prepare themselves for the system.

CIDB plans to introduce NeTI for contractors in Class B and below in five years.

For a start, the Works Ministry, Public Works Department and CIDB have been given the mandate to implement four pioneering projects to test the system which started last month and will end in June.

Ghazali said efforts were also being taken to apply the NeTI system at local authority levels but for other ministries, they would need to seek Finance Ministry's approval. - Bernama

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